Why is our finance minister such a square?

Can we get a good fiscal conservative who is growing an economy at 6.4% pa, has cut welfare by implementing policies so it is self funded, and doesn’t have a hayseed accent and come across as a complete square?

A pony tail and ear ring might be going a bit far, but it would be better than what we have at the moment.


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  • thor42

    That Economist article is bloody good, WO.

    I agree with almost all of it. The only bit I do **not** agree with is the part where Reinfeldt mentions that “no mainstream party will talk to the Swedish Democrats (the anti-immigration, anti-Islam party).
    I give Reinfeldt 10 out of 10 for economic nous. However, he gets zero out of 10 for his ignorance (or wilful ignoring) of the growing tide of Islamisation in Europe. This is what Geert Wilders has spoken out about (and been put on trial as a result).
    Elizabeth Sabbaditsch-Wolff was recently convicted (in Austria, IIRC) for speaking out against Islam.
    There is now ***no such thing as “freedom of speech” in Europe*** if you are criticising Islam.

    The UN too has been “in on this game”, of course, passing the resolution “combating defamation of religions” –
    Have a look at the “for and against” country lists for this resolution, everyone.

    Vote on Combating Defamation of Religions
    The draft resolution on combating defamation of religions (document A/C.3/64/L.27) was approved by a recorded vote of 81 in favour to 55 against, with 43 abstentions, as follows:

    In favour: Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

    Against: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu.

    Abstain: Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Bahamas, Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Fiji, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, India, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mongolia, Namibia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia.

    The people who vote for the Swedish Democrats have real, valid concerns. They deserve better than to have those concerns sidelined. If the concerns are not resolved via democracy, they will almost certainly be resolved via violence.